I don’t — and won’t — often post about politics on this blog, because I think as a Christian I need to be about God’s business first and the world’s business second. But having said that, I also believe it’s important for Christians of every stripe to be aware of political issues and party platforms and the candidates that support them.
To be Christian in a democratic society means we have not only a right but a responsibility to evaluate current events and issues prayerfully in light of our best understanding of God’s word and Jesus’ example. It means realizing in very practical terms that Jesus is not — and would never have been — either a Republican or a Democrat. It means knowing there is no person, whether religious leader or trade union leader, who has the right to tell a Christian how they should vote. It means voting for the person who will best defend God’s truth (as best we understand it), even if the only candidate meeting that description on our ballots is a member of the Green Party, or the Libertarian Party, or the Christian Democrat Party.
It might even mean running for office yourself. Think about it.
At the very least we need to be about cleaning up the two major parties from the inside. Both parties have agendas that are being set — at their highest levels — by the cultural, educational, economic elite of our society. These elites, despite all their pretty words, care nothing for the average person let alone the poor (except in theory, while discussing the world’s problems over cocktails). Both of the two major parties are more concerned with winning than with doing what’s right; more concerned with protecting and promoting their own interests than with doing what will benefit others. As voters we need to look these realities straight in the eyes with an ice-cold, sober stare — and then make our voices heard.
All of this by way of a long preamble to my latest blogsurfing find. Join me in enjoying this read: The Candidate We All Want – That No One Will Support. Excellent post.